Ellie McDonald

Lead, Engagement and Advocacy

Ellie is responsible for the delivery of GPD’s advocacy and engagement activities at the global level, with a particular focus on trust and security and emerging tech.

Previously she worked in advocacy at the Equal Rights Trust, and in the law and policy programme at Article 19. Ellie has an MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, and a BA in History from University College London. 

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16 Jan 2024
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UN Cybercrime Convention: time is running out to address draft’s urgent risks to human rights

In two weeks, final negotiations will begin on the UN’s proposed Cybercrime Convention, a document which has elicited widespread concern from civil society, industry groups and some states, due to the serious risks it poses to human rights including privacy and freedom of expression. Since 2022,…
21 Aug 2023

The UN’s Cybercrime Convention: GPD calls for enhanced human rights protections

This week, states and other actors are convening at the UN’s Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime (AHC) to restart negotiations on a proposed new international convention on the use of ICTs for criminal purposes (or, cybercrime). Negotiations will be based on the recently published zero draft of the…
10 Aug 2023
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Shaky consensus at the OEWG: where next for UN discussions on state behaviour in cyberspace?

On 24-28 July, states convened in New York for the fifth session of the UN First Committee’s Open ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG), which aims to establish a common understanding of—and further develop the framework for—responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. This session marked a critical…